Well, the Yankees are off to a terrible start in the playoffs. Tonight's game had its bizarre moments, too - Chamberlain was driven to distraction by the bugs that swarmed the field in the 8th, and gave up an unearned run on two wild pitches. Carmona wasn't rattled, and hung in for nine solid innings. Things rolled along tied until Rivera left the game, and that was that. Looks like the post season will be short this year.
If you've tried loading the Seaside parcels into ObjectStudio 8, you've likely run into problems. However, we have a fix for that, and it involves applying a small patch - here are the steps: (you can click through any image for a larger view)
Caveat: Loading Seaside may well cause problems for existing ObjectStudio code. We will have those issues addressed in a future release, but if you load this into the current ObjectStudio 8, you should not use an existing project image - meaning, you can safely explore, but don't try to deploy a combined Seaside/OS8 application yet.
First, browse to class EncodedStream, and look for the method #skip:
Now, restore the original code via the "Restore Overridden" menu pick:
Now, open a Parcel Manager from the Launcher, and load Seaside for Web Toolkit:
Now follow that url!
That's it - when we ship the next major release, this patch will be part of the system
Salon's "Ask the Pilot" guy explains why flights are getting later and later - it's a traffic jam:
Carriers have created this mess through a self-defeating insistence that frequency of flights is the ultimate key to success. Over the past several years, they have portioned capacity onto smaller and smaller planes making more and more departures. The results of this strategy can be seen on any afternoon at airports such as JFK, Newark, LaGuardia and Washington National, where small regional jets (RJs) account for up to half of all takeoffs and landings. It is not the total volume of passengers slowing things down, it's the inefficient way they are divvied up. In some places, 50 percent of the traffic is carrying a quarter of the people.
It's a good article that explains the problem (and why solutions are probably unlikely) pretty well. Air travel has always required patience; it's probably not going to get better anytime soon.
I said awhile back that I thought the various legal assaults on Microsoft were pointless - give them enough time, and - like IBM in the 80's - they'll stupid themselves out of their influential position in the industry. It seems that they are ahead of schedule on that front - Joe Wilcox is on the "whither Vista" beat again. He raises a number of anecdotal stories about resistance to Vista, and then makes this observation:
Many IT organizations are intolerant to change that disrupts the workflow. Windows Vista is a disruptive force. Pick a reason: Application incompatibility, hardware incompatibility, UAC popups or user resistance, among others. XP is familiar and, for many, feels safer.
Microsoft should be hugely concerned about the stability of the Windows XP ecosystem and the operating system's customer familiarity. Windows shouldn't become another WordPerfect.
Clean breaks are possible - Apple made one from OS 9 to OS X. However, any clean break has to offer substantial benefits over the old stuff, and OS X did, in terms of stability. The problem for Vista is that XP is "good enough", and the persistent horror stories about drivers and UAC lead people to ask "why should I bother?".
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Mathew Ingram has pegged the music industry:
I’m not going to argue that what Jammie Thomas did was right in a legal sense, because it clearly wasn’t, as Mike Masnick notes at Techdirt. So the RIAA was obviously within its rights to sue. But $222,000 for 24 songs? That’s just ridiculous. It’s a good thing the case only involved 24 songs, and not the 1,700 or so that Ms. Thomas had on her hard drive initially. That would have left her paying about $15-million for that music collection, if the same formula was used. And what was the formula? Something like X times Y, to the power of Z — where X is the lack of a sustainable business model, Y is an aggravated response to a non-existent threat, and Z is the inability to differentiate between customers and thieves.
Like him, I agree that this woman should not have grabbed music without paying. However, the penalty is absurd, and all it's going to do is convince the RIAA that their "we hate our customers" jihad is a good idea - which means we'll see more of it. Oh happy day.
The folks at Precision have sent me a list of open Smalltalk positions - here it is:
Precision Systems (www.precisionsystems.com) currently has Smalltalk positions open all across North America, from Los Angeles to New York and everywhere in between! Please contact Vicki Ross (recruitVR@precisionsystems.com) if you’re interested in any of the following positions:
Waterbury, CT – 1 position
Smalltalk Trainer, 2-3 month contract
Minneapolis, MN – 2 positions
Smalltalk Developers, contract and contract-to-hire
Northern New Jersey – multiple positions
Senior Smalltalk Developer, permanent, 6 month contract-to-hire, and 12+ month contract
New York, NY – multiple positions
Smalltalk Developer, Smalltalk/Java Developer, contract and permanent
Texas – 2 positions
Smalltalk Developers, 6 month contract, AND long-term contract or 6 month contract-to-hire
Don’t forget to inform your co-workers and friends; for any new and successful referral to Precision, we will pay you $1,000!
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It was intriguing for a day or two, but now it's clear that the Leaderboard was the dumbest idea ever, because now more than ever, people are gaming Techmeme so they can climb the list.
To which I'd say, "well, duh". And if Techmeme didn't make that kind of list, someone else would. People like lists, on the web and off it. There are many things are that just beyond Winer's ken; this is simply one of them.
All I had was my phone, but I liked the way this web looked in the morning fog, at the base of the lamp in my front yard:
This is just classic. A California government agency ran into trouble last week - they reset some domain server information after one of their systems got hacked, and the domain ended up under the purview of the GSA. That was a problem, because the issue wasn't resolved fast enough, and the GSA's admins apparently forgot that California has more than one website:
On Tuesday, at around 2 p.m., the federal organization responsible for managing the .gov top level domain pulled the plug on the ca.gov domain, according to Jim Hanacek, a public information officer with California's Department of Technology Services. The "ca.gov domain was removed as a valid address by the federal General Services Administration, who has an office that oversees the use of the .gov domain," he said.
Fortunately for California, they noticed and got on the horn with GSA. Had they not noticed right away, and DNS records propagated, there would have been chaos. I'd love to know who the bright guy at the GSA was who thought this was a good idea.
Update: Phil Windley explains that the Feds went way, way too far - both from a common sense standpoint, and from a legal standpoint.
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Michael tipped me off to this last week - last night he also told me that I had to enable DirectX in the Windows VM. After doing that:
Last week I upgraded Parallels v3.0 to the latest build. For whatever reason I noticed that I could now play Subspace under Parallels where before I couldn't. Puzzled by the sudden new capability - I fired up Civ4 Beyond the Sword to quench my curiosity. To my surprise, it runs!!
I played a game until past my bedtime to prove it to myself last night :)
I don't know that the .NET "shared source" opening is a trap for Mono, but I do know this: the fact that it is being considered one by some writers demonstrates the depths of mistrust Microsoft has managed to set up around itself. Consider:
Let's say a year from now, Microsoft does a SCO. They claim that Mono contains code that was stolen from the .NET Framework reference source code. They point at their code, they point at the license, and sure enough, there's similar code. After all, both projects are implementing .NET; there will almost certainly be lines of code that looks alike.
Better still, from Microsoft's point of view, all they need to do is find one Mono programmer who has signed the license to look at the .NET Framework reference source code. With that "proof," they'll claim they've found their smoking gun. SCO failed in its attempts because it never did have any evidence that there was Unix code in Linux.
Microsoft, however, is baiting its trap for Mono programmers with .NET cheese. They'll claim, come that day, about how open it was in letting people look, but not touch, their code. With the combination of "proof" that some Mono code has been stolen from Microsoft and its attempt to muddy the waters about what open source really means, it can look forward to having a much better chance of killing off an open-source project than SCO ever had with Linux
I think any such attack on Mono is unlikely, and that it would be a PR disaster if they did make that kind of attack. But never mind - the idea is being rationally discussed. That's a loss for Microsoft right there.
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I've stayed away from the "iPhone bricking" story, and it looks like it was a good idea not to draw too many conclusions. The entire pundit class (see Nick Carr's post on it for an example of the genre) was up in arms about how "evil Apple" was bricking phones in some kind of revenge act.
The iPhone bricking problem has been a PR disaster for Apple, making the company look punitive and obsessed with control. But Erica Sadun, a technical writer and blogger at TUAW.com who contributed to an iPhone unlocking application, said Apple's update wasn't designed to disable hacked devices. Just the opposite: Sadun thinks Apple worked hard not to brick iPhones -- even hacked ones.
The new iPhone software appears to be a ground-up rewrite, unrecognizable under the hood to the older version, which Sadun said was "very unfinished" and, in some places, "a complete hack."
Hmm - where have we heard this story before? Version one is rushed out the door, followed by a quick patch that looks a lot like a rewrite. Only for every second software product. Look at Twitter and its famous outage issues in the early days of their initial traffic spike - they were madly trying to replace the parts of their application that didn't work out. Looks like Apple did the same thing, only more quietly. The reality is, Apple has always desired stability over hackability - they are targeting consumers, not geeks.
Some people look at the easy hacks available for Windows and see nirvana. Apple looks at the same thing and sees hell.
In today's "how stupid can the music industry be?" segment, we learn that their anti-piracy campaign is not only stupid from a PR standpoint - but it's a money pit without clear objectives to boot! This is the kind of plan that only a lawyer who's paid by the hour could love - via Ars Technica::
The next line of questioning was how many suits the RIAA has filed so far. Pariser estimated the number at a "few thousand." "More like 20,000," suggested Toder. "That's probably an overstatement," Pariser replied. She then made perhaps the most startling comment of the day. Saying that the record labels have spent "millions" on the lawsuits, she then said that "we've lost money on this program."
The RIAA's settlement amounts are typically in the neighborhood of $3,000-$4,000 for those who settle once they receive a letter from the music industry. On the other side of the balance sheet is the amount of money paid to SafeNet (formerly MediaSentry) to conduct its investigations, and the cash spent on the RIAA's legal team and on local counsel to help with the various cases. As Pariser admitted under oath today, the entire campaign is a money pit.
The stupidity on display here is just stunning. I wonder if there's anything resembling a clue over at
stupid central the RIAA.
I love hot food - and I love Thai food - so I really, really would love to eat at this place:
A Thai restaurant has been cordoned off by police after its extra-hot homemade chilli sauce was mistaken for a chemical outbreak.
Firefighters dressed in special suits smashed down the doors to discover the source of the smell - chef Chalemchai Tangjariyapoon's fiery signature nam prik pao chilli sauce.
Sadly, London is a long ways off from here :)
I guess you could extend my title - just don't let your lawyer speak in public, period. Here's Sony BMG's anti-piracy lawyer, calling many of Sony's customers thieves (via Ars Technica):
Pariser has a very broad definition of "stealing." When questioned by Richard Gabriel, lead counsel for the record labels, Pariser suggested that what millions of music fans do is actually theft. The dirty deed? Ripping your own CDs or downloading songs you already own.
Gabriel asked if it was wrong for consumers to make copies of music which they have purchased, even just one copy. Pariser replied, "When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Making "a copy" of a purchased song is just "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'," she said.
Mind you, this group of individuals includes people who own Sony hardware - various MP3 players, the PSP, the Vaio - the list goes on a long way. Is Pariser consulting with Sony's hardware division so that they can build in heavy-handed ways of preventing this kind of *cough* theft *cough*?
On today's Smalltalk Daily, we continue with the syndication example, adding filtering to it.
Chris Pirillo ran across an all too common problem in the IT sector - lousy support, with Comcast being the louse of the day. I can relate to his experience - I've had many, many encounters like this with Comcast:
My connection kept going up and down, but by the time I was able to speak with someone in the support department, everything was fine again.
“Well, sir, we’re not showing any problems with your connection right now.” Yes, it’s fine right now - but not when I try to open up more than one Internet app. I was even having issues with Vonage and Skype… “Well, sir, we can’t be responsible for programs that we do not officially supp…”
Whoa, whoa, whoa - WAIT A MINUTE! I interrupted him, loudly. I’ve been using Skype and Vonage and streaming live video and doing all sorts of wacky things across my home network and never had an issue I wasn’t expecting to experience. Vonage wasn’t the problem. Skype wasn’t the problem. My browser wasn’t the problem. The Netgear gateway router that Comcast gave me was the problem.
If I had to guess, the problem goes right back to the motivations of the support staff. They are probably rewarded based on how quickly they handle calls (or how many they handle in an interval of time, which amounts to the same thing). The rationale for such schemes is to save money - although, if you sit down and consider that for a few minutes, the rationale doesn't hold up well in an era where an arbitrary user can end up being an accidental PR nightmare.
In any event, the "get them off the phone quickly" theory holds up well in the face of experience with Comcast. If you have anything other than Windows connected to the Comcast provided router/cable modem, the phone tech will try the "we don't support that" dodge immediately. The fact that the client is irrelevant in most cases doesn't enter into it - it's a dodge to get rid of you.
I've said before that it's a bad idea to let lawyers become ad-hoc PR staff (lawsuits). It's even worse to let your support staff cause PR headaches due to poorly thought out compensation plans. Somewhere at Comcast central, a bean counter thinks his support plan is saving the company money. What he doesn't realize is that the PR staff down the hall wants to know who keeps hitting them with the ball peen hammer...
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Antony Blakey has some interesting ideas about making Smalltalk more accessible to the non-Smalltalk developer.
Here's a great story about the JP Morgan Kapital application - Smalltalk is what powers it:
The story begins in the early 1990s, when JPMorgan first developed Kapital using the object-oriented language Smalltalk and a compatible database from GemStone Systems. "While the basics can be picked up in a couple of weeks, the system is rich and multifunctional," says Verdier. "And users really like its flexibility. The ease with which we can reuse components to model complex instruments ensures a rapid time to market."
Using Smalltalk enables developers to focus on the business problems, so technologists can later adopt different strategies for component implementation without changing the remaining source code, he says. Such flexibility and virtualization are essential since the business constantly needs to innovate. Pricing and risk models are increasingly sophisticated and therefore compute-intensive and some existing products will need to be processed for decades.
A large part of their success is simple: while their rivals wasted time and effort rewriting applications in order to be buzzword compliant, JPM kept producing results on proven technology.
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Scoble rips MS - and Ballmer in particular - a new one. I've quoted his summation, butc go read the rest - it demonstrates something I've been saying about MS for a long while: they've turned into a big, dumb, faceless company:
Will Microsoft get a clue before Facebook gets an entrenched advertising platform going? Ballmer proved with Google and with these quotes today: no.
None of this means that they won't continue to make money; heck, IBM hit the wall back in the 80's, and while they aren't the industry leader they once were, they still rake in plenty of cash. That's likely the future for MS: the new IBM.
I've seen a lot of stupid ideas float past, but this one from the EU's Globalization Institute makes it into the top 5 - only the existence of the RIAA and the MPAA prevent a complete victory for these morons:
Microsoft has had plenty of trouble with the European Union in recent days and now, if the Globalization Institute think tank has anything to say about it, PCs sold within the EU will be sold without an operating system.
The think tank recommended to the EU that all computers be sold without an operating system and sees no reason "why computer operating systems could not follow the same model as computer hard drives and processors."
Yes, installing an OS from scratch is exactly what most buyers long to do - it's such a productive use of their time. Imagine the fun dialog at home after this policy is enacted:
"Dad, I need to do my homework"
"Sorry son, but it looks like I have to download another 20 drivers first..."
Maybe next they'll recommend a return to "do it yourself" auto kits.
Dare Obasanjo believes that disconnected desktop software is dead (as do I) - which is likely a painful reality for Microsoft - they make a ton of cash from Office right now. Dare refers to a number of announcements about online application suites, ending with Microsoft's "Office Live" - which he doesn't seem to think much of:
As you can see one of these four announcements is not like the others. Since it isn’t fair to pick on the stupid, I’ll let you figure out which company is jumping on a dying paradigm while the rest of the industry has already moved towards the next generation. The Web is no longer the future of computing, computing is now about the Web.
Forget the "rich user experience" offered by desktop UIs. People have moved on to the 80% solution that is the web UI, because the other advantages outweigh that loss of "richness".
I've just updated the STIC website - the top of the page now has a small set of links from recent Smalltalk related posts. The posts are being aggregated from Planet Smalltalk and the STIC Director's blog. It was a pretty simple update to the Smalltalk server, and getting it to look nicer than it does now is a matter of getting better CSS around it.
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Engadget notes that everyone likes the Wii - here in the US, in Japan, everywhere:
According to reports that looked at movement from April through September, the Wii outsold the PlayStation 3 "by more than four to one in Japan," which is admittedly better than the "six to one" differential it's faced before. Reportedly, Nintendo moved nearly 1.6 million units in the homeland while Sony garnered just over 385,000 new PS3 customers in the same period
The interesting thing now will be the next gen consoles. The PS3 and 360 have the high end graphics, but they are just prettier revs of the older devices from a game play perspective - the Wii broke the model. Let's see what Microsoft and/or Sony come up with to counter that.
Ed Foster notices something that has been at the fringe of my consciousness for a couple of months: you can't easily log out of some of the big e-commerce sites:
"Over the last few months it has become very difficult to sign out of a session from sites like Amazon and PayPal," the reader wrote. "The 'Sign Out' or equivalent link that for years was at the top of nearly every page is now missing from nearly all pages of those sites. Even the most obvious page where a sign out link should be -- the page acknowledging completion of an order -- offers no way to log out. Amazon and PayPal have turned things upside down and instead of closing a session, they now want us to remain logged in after leaving their site. Why would they do that? What good does it do Amazon and PayPal when their customers minimize the browser or surf to another site while signed in?"
This is somewhat of a concern on a machine at home, but it's a huge problem on any shared (work, library, etc) device. I think the safest answer is simply to not shop online using a device that may be used by other people - not that anyone will follow that advice...
I still think Radiohead needs to get over themselves, and allow iTunes to sell individual tracks - but they have the right kind of idea here (via TechDirt):
That's because Radiohead is doing two smart things. It's telling fans they can name their own price for digital downloads. You just pay the band however much you think the downloads are worth and they'll be happy. But that's not all (though, that's what most folks are focused on). Rather than just offering up the content, they're also trying to give people a reason to actually buy something else. In this case, it's a "discbox," which will include the new album on both CD and vinyl, as well as an additional CD of seven extra songs and photos, artwork and lyrics.
With any luck, the labels and other artists are paying attention.
I think Scoble has run off into a niche, and doesn't realize it yet. Witness this:
But there’s a bigger trend I’m seeing: people who used to enjoy blogging their lives are now moving to Twitter. Andrew Parker punctuates that trend with a post “Twitter is ruining my blogging.” I find that to be the case too and when I talked about this on Twitter a raft of people chimed in and agreed that they are blogging a lot less now that Twitter is here.
It really depends on what your intent is. If all you are doing is keeping up with friends/family/peers, then sure - things like Twitter are probably good enough. If you aren't conveying a lot of real information, then 140 words will do it. If, on the other hand, you're trying to reach an audience (without regard to the size of said audience) with involved communication, then tweets just aren't going to cut it.
To take a simple example: look at the kind of thing Tim Bray posts, especially his recent exploratory series on various languages. Would that be useful in tiny 140 word chunks? I think not. It's also going to a narrowcast audience of software developers - and only a subset of those to boot. Those posts are highly interesting to that audience, but not outside it. What Scoble has done is to fall into the forest of "cool kid A-listers", and he's missing the many, many trees that are outside of his clearing.
There are tons of things going on outside of all of our interest spaces - that doesn't make them less relevant. Just because 140 characters does it for the "hip crowd" doesn't mean that it does it for the rest of us :)
I was a lot more interested in the Adobe acquisition of Buzzword before I saw the list of limitations in the product:
Buzzword’s drawbacks are that it is still slower than a full-fledged desktop application (not so much when typing, but when doing things like cutting and pasting); it doesn’t support hyperlinks (unconscionable for a Web-based app, though this is on Treitman’s to-do list); and there is no easy way to export a document to a blog or other Web publishing system other than cut-and-paste.
Still, with Adobe ownership and funding - and with the planned port to Air - the office suite space is looking more interesting, and Microsoft will have to awake from their long term slumber there. They aren't really awake yet - their current response reeks of "preservation of the existing business model at all costs":
Office Live Workspace is, in Microsoft’s words, “a new web-based feature of Microsoft Office which lets people access their documents online and share their work with others.” It’s aimed at consumers and small-business users, not corporations who are interested in being able to access their documents anywhere -- from any computer and any browser. In other words, Microsoft isn’t playing up Office Live Workspace as a head-to-head competitor with Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE). Microsoft is positioning its Microsoft-hosted SharePoint, Exchange and Office Communications Services (which it has now rebranded with as its family of “Office Online” services) as its GAPE competitors.
Thus far, there's not a truly compelling reason to switch from Word to (insert a web app here). However, that day looks like it's coming. The ironic thing is, it looks like Microsoft will be caught just as flat footed as its old rivals were when things switched from DOS to Windows.
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On this week's Industry Misinterpretations, Michael, Arden, and I spoke to Tamara Kogan and Martin Kobetic, who work on the distribution and network protocols side of Cincom Smalltalk. The audio quality isn't as good as I'd like - we recorded in a conference room at Cincom HQ, and the air handlers were too noisy. It was a good conversation though - we covered the Opentalk HTTP layer, and the basic network support in the product.
Well, today's ballgame in Baltimore won't be as exciting as it could have been - the Yanks didn't catch the Sox, and have to settle for the wild card slot. Still - it's been a long while since I've been to a ballgame, and my daughter has never been to one. We'll be out all afternoon, which means that the podcast I'm almost ready to release (just waiting on one piece of additional audio) won't be out until this evening.
Mets and Phillies fans still have some nail biting to do - those teams are tied, and the loser is not assured a wild card slot - the second team in the NL west currently has a better record (by one game) then either of them.
Doc Searls highlights the rather onerous terms of service from AT&T (Verizon seems to have similar ones):
AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice, for conduct that AT&T believes (a) violates the Acceptable Use Policy; (b) constitutes a violation of any law, regulation or tariff (including, without limitation, copyright and intellectual property laws) or a violation of these TOS, or any applicable policies or guidelines, or (c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries. Termination or suspension by AT&T of Service also constitutes termination or suspension (as applicable) of your license to use any Software. AT&T may also terminate or suspend your Service if you provide false or inaccurate information that is required for the provision of Service or is necessary to allow AT&T to bill you for Service.
I added the highlighting - to point out the over-broadness. What that says is amazing - if you have AT&T as an ISP, and you then say anything negative about them in an email, a blog post, a forum comment, (etc) - they can cut off your service. Someone should call their PR department and ask a few pointed questions.
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We have three great podcasts coming up, all focusing on Seaside. A bunch of us were at an internal "Camp Seaside" meeting last week in Cincinnati, and we took the opportunity to talk about Seaside. Here's what will be coming out over the next three weeks:
- Opentalk, Network Protocols, and how they relate to Seaside. Michael, Arden, and I talked to Martin Kobetic and Tamara Kogan about the underlying infrastructure in Cincom Smalltalk that supports Seaside
- Seaside support in Cincom Smalltalk, with Michael, Alan Knight, Michel Bany, and Arden Thomas. We talked about where the CST support for Seaside originated, and where it's headed.
- GLASS (Gemstone's Seaside support) with Michael, Dave Buck, and the entire Gemstone Seaside crew. This was a great conversation
So if Seaside floats your boat, be sure to grab these three episodes.
Joe Wilcox lists a lot of reasons for Vista's "thud" arrival, and tries to explain how they don't imply failure. Based on how MS wanted this OS to roll out, I'm not sure what else you could call it - it's simply not a positive sign that OEMs have asked for (and gotten permission for) the ability to ship XP on new hardware sales.
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Here's what we needed to wind up our planning meeting: a fire drill:
See how excited Andreas looked to be heading back into the building :)
When you lose evangelists like Chris Pirillo from the Windows camp, it's a bad sign:
Do I recommend Windows Vista? Not a snowball’s chance in………..I’m waiting on Apple to release Mac OS X Leopard. As far as I’m concerned at this point, Microsoft is taking a huge hit. The future of Windows, in my opinion, is inside a Virtual Machine or BootCamp on a Mac.
Sure, there are going to be a lot of people running Windows for a very long time - but the "bleeding edge" crowd isn't part of that crowd anymore. Microsoft Windows is now part of the background - commonplace, but not terribly interesting.
The most obvious choice is Macintosh, period. If your parents already have a Windows box and $600.00 they can score a Mac mini and hook it up to their existing monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Apple pays very close attention to the user experience, everything just works.
Could not have said it better myself.
It's an interesting juxtaposition between the Yankees and the Mets - the Yankees have spent the last two months roaring back into contention - they have the wild card, and put a real scare into Boston for the AL East. Meanwhile in Queens, the Mets have been doing a 1978 Red Sox imitation - the Phillies are now tied for first place with two days left in the season - and there's no guarantee that the loser will make the playoffs, because the NL West teams are vying for the wild card, too. The Yankees are set - the Mets are in nail biting mode.
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